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Posted by blue streak 1 on Thursday, June 25, 2015 3:45 PM

UK is putting on hold further expansion of electrification due to cost over runs and lack of supplies.  Also note that article states system is at capacity much of day.  That may be the reason that supplies are in short supply ?

http://www.railwaygazette.com/news.html

 

 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 9:09 PM

Even Cuba is getting into the act of improviing RRs.  They are closing Havana station for reconstruction.  Article also lists several route rojects to decrease travel time.  Maybe this is in anticipation of thawed cuba - US relations ?

http://www.railjournal.com/index.php/central-south-america/cuba-begins-havana-station-reconstruction.html?channel=536

 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 9:13 PM

What is probably to become a regular happening China just opened another ( 300 KPH ) HSR rail line.  Article notes that 86% of route is in tunnels or on bridges. 

http://www.railjournal.com/index.php/asia/china-opens-hefei-fuzhou-high-speed-line.html?channel=540

 

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Posted by schlimm on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 10:07 PM

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Maybe this is in anticipation of thawed cuba - US relations ?

Probably so.  The embassies are scheduled to open soon.

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Posted by Wizlish on Wednesday, July 01, 2015 5:30 AM

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Article notes that 86% of route is in tunnels or on bridges.

Not surprising to me.  What might be highly interesting: look at the topo and compare it with either the 'revised' White Train route or the parts of the 'second spine' route in New England.  Then see if the '86%' of tunnels and bridges have length and heights respectively that are comparable to what the American routes would require...

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Posted by schlimm on Wednesday, July 01, 2015 12:33 PM

505 miles in rugged terrain, built in 5 years.  The trains take under 4 hours.  I believe the terrain north of Fuzhou is more rugged than the New England routes would be, for the most part.  The highest mountain is over 7,000 feet high.  Fujian province is said to be "Eight parts mountain, one part water, and one part farmland." 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Friday, July 03, 2015 4:09 AM

World HSR summary by railway gazette.  Of course China leads. But interesting who USA lags behind. 

http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/single-view/view/world-speed-survey-2015-china-remains-the-pacesetter.html

 

 

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Posted by schlimm on Friday, July 03, 2015 6:58 AM

Why is that surprising?   We lag behind many countries on HSR.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Wednesday, July 08, 2015 4:45 PM

HSR line Hong Kong - mainland overbudget and delayed.  Guess not all China projects get fast tracked/

http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/economy/article/1834045/high-speed-rail-link-mainland-china-too-idealistic-start-hong

 

 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Wednesday, July 08, 2015 4:58 PM

A surprize China's population likes to tour country on HSR

http://www.ecns.cn/2015/07-08/172246.shtml

 

 

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Posted by schlimm on Wednesday, July 08, 2015 6:02 PM

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A surprize China's population likes to tour country on HSR

http://www.ecns.cn/2015/07-08/172246.shtml

 

 

 

Again, why is that surprising?    The route serves several well-known tourist destinations, such as legendary mountains.  And some of the tourists will be foreigners, including "overseas Chinese."

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Monday, July 13, 2015 6:45 PM
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Posted by blue streak 1 on Friday, July 17, 2015 7:24 PM

Why not buy HSR train sets in bulk ?  Then just pawn off a few to offer to US.  China putting out tender for 351 train sets.

http://www.railjournal.com/index.php/high-speed/china-issues-tender-for-351-high-speed-trains.html?channel=523

 

 

 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Friday, July 24, 2015 7:16 PM

China is spending about 4 times what all US RRs including Amtrak this year.

http://www.railjournal.com/index.php/financial/china-invests-dolus-43bn-in-rail-in-first-half-of-2015.html?channel=522

 

 

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Posted by Buslist on Friday, July 31, 2015 1:25 PM

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UK is putting on hold further expansion of electrification due to cost over runs and lack of supplies.  Also note that article states system is at capacity much of day.  That may be the reason that supplies are in short supply ?

http://www.railwaygazette.com/news.html

 

 

 

 

 

Actually this is a little misleading. They are putting the projects up north on hold in order to concentrate on on electrifying the Great Western Main. This is required to make sure it's in place for the upcoming HST replacement trains.

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Posted by Mario_v on Tuesday, August 04, 2015 1:40 PM

Ah it  seems that China wishes to keep its 1st place on HSR networks, both construction and operation. Anyway, also in Spain - they also want to keep their 2nd place in the 'HSR network contest' - two new streches of HSR are also being redied for opening, both in the North of the country. Both are sections of the North high speed Corridor.

The first of it links the present end of the line at Valladolid with Leon. As a cost saving measure, part of it was build in single track (but with space for a second track already built) and as on this phase ERTMS will not be installed, top speed will be limited to 200 Km/h (125 Mph) since the only cab signal system installed is the so called 'Asfa digital'. However, with ERTMS installed, and maybe a second main track in place, top speed may reach a maximum of 350 km/h. Here's some info (quite complete, it even mentions the maximum speeds of operation), in spanish only ; https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C3%ADnea_de_alta_velocidad_Valladolid-Palencia-Le%C3%B3n

A video of the tests depicting Adif Talgo test train (from the same family of the newest Cascades) ;

 

The Valladllid to Leon HSR section is expected to open in September.

The other HSR section wich will start to be tested soon is the Galicia branch, starting at Olmedo. On the 7th of august  a section fo Oledmo to a point just north of Zamora will be opened for test runs with catenary already energized (electrified on 2X25 Kv)

 

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Posted by Mario_v on Wednesday, August 05, 2015 9:29 AM

A strange accident with a Spanish AVE train in France, and not the first time it happens. ee here ;http://www.trenvista.net/noticias/europa/francia/arde-un-ave-serie-100-en-lunel-francia/

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Posted by schlimm on Wednesday, August 05, 2015 9:50 AM

Luckily only two passengers (?) went tothe hospital.   I wonder why the lead car caught on fire?

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Posted by Mario_v on Thursday, August 06, 2015 10:20 AM

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Luckily only two passengers (?) went tothe hospital.   I wonder why the lead car caught on fire?

 

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Luckily only two passengers (?) went tothe hospital.   I wonder why the lead car caught on fire?

 

For me it's even stranger. This kind of EMU is not different from other TGV type trains in use in France. It's basically equal to TGV-atlantique type Sets. Well, maybe a little different because these sets - numbered 017 to 024 - were originally broad gauge an dwre built to be used on the Express services between Barcelona, Valencia and Alicante, later being converted to standard gauge (when tthe international conection between Spain and France opened), in order to be used on international services: Originally thhesee setes wer also dual current, operating under 3 Kv dc and 25 Kv ac, being converted to operate under 1,5 Kv ac, in order to be 'coompatible' with the french electrification. Since its not the first time one of these power cars caughts fire, maybe the problem lies in the way the trains were converted to operate under 1,5 Kv, in wich current intensity is much higher tahn under 3 Kv. There are other 'tri-current' TGV type sets operating, notably between France and _Italy with the same voltage 'arrangement', so maybe these spanish trains were not properly converted, a strange situation, since it was done by its original maker, just a guess

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Friday, August 07, 2015 6:56 PM

Japan is getting plans started on final section of 5 HSR lines planned back in 1973.  This leg to Osaka.

http://www.railjournal.com/index.php/high-speed/talks-begin-on-hokuriku-shinkansen-extension.html?channel=523

 

 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 6:39 PM

Only part passenger but Czech republic extending tenders for plans to convert all 3 Kv DC  CAT mainly in the north to 25Kv 50Hz.  Will then be all one system.  Note connects to Slovika in north which is already planning to convert all 3Kv to 25 Kv 50 Hz.

http://www.railjournal.com/index.php/europe/czechs-develop-plans-to-eliminate-3kv-dc-electrification.html?channel=537

 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 6:48 PM

Very interesting concept.  UK is reboring Farnworth tunnel using a TBM 9 meters ( ~ 30 feet )  in diameter.  This is for adding  double track 25 Kv 50 Hz CAT to line.  Presently 2 tunnels but will just use this one rebored tunnel.  Almost sound like double stack clearance ?

 Guess that to keep the TBM going straight the tunnel was filled with foam concrete.  Interesting concept. What is foam concrete ?

http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/single-view/view/uks-biggest-tbm-rebores-farnworth-tunnel.html

 

 

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Posted by MidlandMike on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 9:56 PM

Foam concrete is injected with air to make it much lighter and easier to drill.  I suspect they are filling the old tunnel with foam cement to keep it stable as they bore the new larger tunnel.  A 30' diameter bore, once it is lined, does not seem big enough for electrified double track.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Thursday, August 13, 2015 8:17 PM

Isreal opening another 70 Km line.  Freight for a month to settle the track then up to 25 trains a day each way.  Dave Klepper do you have access to a rail map there?  Would be interesting as the towns are not familar.

http://www.railjournal.com/index.php/middle-east/israel-completes-ashkelon-beer-sheva-line.html?channel=539

 

 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Monday, August 17, 2015 6:09 PM

Lotschberg base tunnel in Switzerland will be getting its second track finished.  Tunnel is in three parts one section has only one track and will get second track,.  Another section will get a new tunnel bored.  third section is already 2 Main track.

http://www.railjournal.com/index.php/europe/second-track-to-be-installed-in-lotschberg-base-tunnel.html?channel=537

 

 China opens  281 Km HSR northernmost rail line

http://www.railjournal.com/index.php/high-speed/china-opens-northernmost-high-speed-rail-line.html?channel=523

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Posted by daveklepper on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 2:45 AM

Askelion is south of Tel Aviv and has had passenger service to Tel Aviv, often running through north to Haifa and Naharia for many years.   Beir Sheva is south and east of Tel Aviv, on the rail line to Demona, which is the probably point for continuation south to Elat.  It also had through service to
Tel Aviv and north to Haifa, often to Naharia.  The old line to Jerusalem branches off the Beir Sheva line at Naan Junction, south of Ramla, and goes east and a bit north to Beit Shemesh, then north to Jerusalem. 

This new line is primarily an east-west line, will serve to allow industrial and mining traffic from Demona and other areas south and east of Beir Sheva to go directly to Ashdod and Ashkolon  Ports, which together are now as important as Haifa, without first going north to Lod and then south.

Much of the line is in a zone that was impacted by rocket fire leading up to the hostilities with Hamas and during those hostilities.  I suspect there is a real truce.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Thursday, August 20, 2015 12:37 PM

China to build another HSR line parallel to existing HSR line but faster.

http://www.railjournal.com/index.php/high-speed/china-to-build-second-fuzhou-zhangzhou-line.html?channel=523

 

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Posted by Mario_v on Monday, August 24, 2015 1:12 PM

Definately, this year TGVs and affiliated trains seem to be getting literally on fire. This time it was not a spanish AVE on french metals, bta TGV duplex on its own 'metals', in the Paris to Marseille HSL (wich off course caused a lot of gridlock, since there's a train passing every 5 minutes or so). And this time the fire was under 25 Kv, AC cat (it seems to be in the main transfrmer of the power car, judging by the location). Here's a link from a french tv station

http://www.francetvinfo.fr/economie/transports/incendie-d-un-tgv-800-passagers-evacues_1052297.html

Youtube link

And one more link, from the french version of  The Huffington Post ;

http://www.huffingtonpost.fr/2015/08/21/incendie-tgv-perturbe-trafic-trains-paris-marseille_n_8021794.html

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Posted by BaltACD on Monday, August 24, 2015 7:39 PM

Mario_v

Definately, this year TGVs and affiliated trains seem to be getting literally on fire. This time it was not a spanish AVE on french metals, bta TGV duplex on its own 'metals', in the Paris to Marseille HSL (wich off course caused a lot of gridlock, since there's a train passing every 5 minutes or so). And this time the fire was under 25 Kv, AC cat (it seems to be in the main transfrmer of the power car, judging by the location). Here's a link from a french tv station

http://www.francetvinfo.fr/economie/transports/incendie-d-un-tgv-800-passagers-evacues_1052297.html

Youtube link

And one more link, from the french version of  The Huffington Post ;

http://www.huffingtonpost.fr/2015/08/21/incendie-tgv-perturbe-trafic-trains-paris-marseille_n_8021794.html

 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Tuesday, September 01, 2015 5:19 AM

Another China HSR opening this one just over the Yula river to north Korea. Time for Trains mag to publish a map of lines in operation and under construction.

http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/high-speed/single-view/view/high-speed-links-to-the-northeast-completed.html

 

 

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